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(UPDATED) Visions for Vacancies: Hardware Store on Lake Street

What should go here? You tell us.

Update: We spoke with the owner of the building, Curt Rahman, and he said he's been receiving a number of calls on the space. He said ideas include turning it into a restaurant or small sporting goods and SLP apparel shop. Rahman said he's waiting for the best offer before proceeding, and no definitive timetable exists for filling this vacancy.

It's no secret that the Lake Street corridor is an area that the city would like to see revitalized, and filling the vacant Do It Best Hardware store would be a step in that direction.

The building is located next door to . What do you think should move in? Another hardware store? Something new? Tell us by posting a comment below. You can also see past "Visions for Vacancies" posts below.

Sean Gilbertson May 04, 2012 at 11:12 AM
A coffee shop -- preferably not a chain. This area could use a good coffee shop!
Rob May 04, 2012 at 12:00 PM
A local coffee shop would be great. I would love a brewpub or neighborhood bar, but this is probably too close to the high school, not to mention the food/liquor law.
Joe May 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Bring back Palms!
Michael Rose (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Re: Joe's reference: http://www.slphistory.org/reecho/palmbakeryRE.asp
Kay Drache May 04, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I loved having the local hardware store here, especially for personalized service like screen repair. I have to admit that I had to shop the chain stores as well, though, because the neighborhood store wasn't big enough to carry all I need.
curt rahman May 04, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Here are a couple things you might not know! There is $10,000 of buildout cash to any new tenant. New windows and new heat and air going in now. $250 referal fee for anyone that sends me a phone number that results in a signed lease. The same screen and window guys are still doing the work, call the old hardware store number 952-929-5456 and George will do your screens and windows! Munchies is right next door and is a Coffee shop. Call Curt with any questions at 612-207-5411.
Keith Jones May 05, 2012 at 12:59 AM
forget about these coffee shops people!! everytime a space opens you wanna put a dumb coffee shop in! can't you be alittle more creative?
Emily B May 06, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Keith, I agree that we can't have a coffee shop in every space, but I think the recurrence of the suggestion means that it is an important thing to consider. "Dumb" coffee shops are important for communities - students use them to study, business people use them for meetings, community groups hold gatherings, local musicians and artists get their debut, and local folks have jobs. Bean Good can't serve everyone and many of us have no interest in going to Starbucks or Caribou, so I do think that a well planned and located coffee shop, with reliable wifi would do very well. I think Coffee Buzz suffered due to the construction concurrent with it's opening and then just never seemed to get on its feet. As for the hardware space, I don't have any great suggestions, but I would like a gardening store similar to Mother Earth in Minneapolis.
Nancy Ritzman May 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Do not forget Munchies for coffee and a quick breakfast or lunch are already there. If you talk about supporting the local, non-chain business, there it is!
Jennifer May 17, 2012 at 02:52 PM
An independent bookstore would be great! They could work with the High School to bring in authors and to connect the students with reading and writing mentors.
Terry M. Warner June 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Lets put a mass-appeal store that can generate "walkability" to this area, including "London Square!" A grocery, "decent" coffeeshop, Pharmacy, or even a Hardware/garden store like "tangletown gardens", etc. This area could be made to function as a "downtown" Hopkins-style main street, if only the city-fathers could envision this, there is so much potential here! Terry Warner

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